The formalities of wedding stationery have come and gone over the centuries… from formal etiquette to casual invites, you can do anything that suits you in your wedding invitation suite. We’re seeing increasingly personalized invitation designs for each of our brides, and we love it! Some couples prefer a more traditional approach, with a fully developed formal ensemble (complete with belly band and wax seal!). Others are trending toward unique and out-of-the-box invitations (foldables, magnets, balloons—you name it.). We love them all! But one trend we absolutely adore is the inclusion of a map in your wedding invitation suite. Both pretty and practical, a map adds a charming touch to your invitation suite and provides helpful information to your guests. Consider a few of these styles for your own invites!
- Calligraphy: this trend is everywhere, and we can see why! Ask your invitation designer or calligrapher if they would be willing to illustrate a simple but pretty calligraphic map to include in your invitation suite.
- Iconographic: adding customized icons to your map for wedding day venues (church, reception, etc.) is a modern and fun way to represent important locations.
- Local: getting married in the same place you and your loved one met? Note special locations from your love story (i.e., first date, first kiss, proposal site, etc.) on the map! Guests will love discovering these personal details.
- Destination: having guests come in from out of town? Supply them with a few activities they can do over their travel weekend. Note favorite restaurants or any attractions they might want to visit while they’re in your destination wedding city. Hosting in Austin? Check out our favorite Austin sites to entertain out-of-town wedding guests.
- Online: we get it—printing is expensive. And these days, there’s so much you can do to customize a wedding website and make it your own. If you’re leaning toward tech-savvy invites, go for it! Be sure to include a map on your wedding website (linking it to Google Maps can actually help your guests out even more). *Tip: Do be careful about this option if you’re inviting elderly guests. You may want to consider providing a print-out for any non-tech-inclined family members.
Maps are especially helpful if you’re hosting an out-of-town wedding, or if your barn wedding venue is a new location for most of your guests. They can also be particularly informative if your wedding and reception are hosted in two separate locations. And, they can just be so beautifully designed!
When you’re gathering ideas for your own wedding invitation suite, don’t forget to include a map to your barn wedding venue. Your guests will thank you for it, and you’ll love that extra special touch.